The future has been up in the air for promising heavyweight prospect Todd Duffee since he was surprisingly released from the UFC following a loss to Mike Russow, the first defeat in his career. That fight took place in late May of this year and Duffee has yet to reappear in action. As always, there has been plenty of speculation as to where Duffee would end up next–whether it would be Strikeforce, DREAM, Bellator or somewhere else.
According to ESPN writer Josh Gross, Duffee could have been fighting in Strikeforce this weekend against Antonio Silva. Silva’s scheduled opponent, Valentijn Overeem, was forced out of the bout with an injury and Strikeforce was looking for a replacement so they called Duffee.
“Duffee was offered Antonio Silva on short notice and didn’t take it,” Gross posted to his Twitter account. “Looks like he might fight in January on a smaller show.”
Also according to gross, Duffee has received and turned down offers from both Bellator and Strikeforce and will likely end up in Strikeforce sometime next year.
“Duffee just wasn’t ready to take a deal from SF or Bellator, or fight short notice,” he wrote. “I suspect he’ll sign w/SF in 2011.”
Duffee received his walking papers from the UFC for having a bad attitude, according to UFC President Dana White. He has been rehabbing a knee injury since being forced out of a planned October bout against Jon Madsen.